Friday, July 29, 2011 by: Jane Goldberg) It is unfortunate that
American doctors have contended for decades that the number of bowel
movements an individual has is unrelated to health. They have convinced
most of us that they are correct. Most people think that they are not
constipated if they are having one bowel movement a day. Yet, we eat
three meals a day. Where are the other two meals going if they're not
being eliminated through the colon? The answer actually is somewhat
frightening. The rest of the food that is not absorbed by the body as
nutrients stays around the body in unlikely places -- against the colon
walls, in tissues and organs, in arteries -- any place at all in the
body can serve as a receptacle for uneliminated waste.
ancient days, there were natural methods of maintaining a clean colon.
For instance, Basti is the yogic tradition of natural cleansing of the
lower intestines. It involves the controlled use of muscles to pull
water up into the colon, and then, after churning the water around to
dislodge old waste products, the water, and whatever it carries off with
it, is expelled.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, of the famed
Battle Creek Sanitarium, maintained that 90% of modern diseases are the
result of improper functioning of the colon. British physician, Sir
Arbuthnut Lane concurred after performing hundreds of bowel resections
where diseased portions of the bowel were removed. He noticed that
during the time that the patient was recovering from the surgery that
other diseases, seemingly unrelated to the colon problem, were cured.
Lane came to understand that a large part of the problem in many
diseases was the body's inability to adequately carry out its normal
waste disposal functions. He calculated that a healthy intestine
requires emptying every six hours, and that more commonly, it is emptied
every 24 hours.
There is scientific research, as well,
showing the relationship between bowel functioning and health. British
and South African scientists have shown a lot of interest in this issue
and have conducted elaborate experiments involving the clocking and
weighing of feces of human volunteers. It has been confirmed that too
few bowel movements and too little bulk in the stool is related to a
variety of disorders, including heart and gallbladder diseases,
diverticulitis, varicose veins, hiatal hernia and cancer of the large
There is also a study of over 1000 women
with histories of constipation. Fluid was extracted from the breasts of
the women. This fluid showed abnormal cells which are the same abnormal
cells found in women with breast cancer. These cellular abnormalities
occurred five times as often in women who moved their bowels fewer than
three times a week than in women who did so more than once a day.
are the only animals who have such insufficient bowel functioning.
Breast-fed babies, indigenous peoples, birds and animals all evacuate
their bowels shortly after each meal.
functioning means there is waste for everything that goes in except
distilled water. We need to find those other, lost meals.
Colon cleansing can be approached from, so to speak, either the top end or the bottom end -- the mouth or the rectum.
simplest way of beginning colon cleansing is to add bulk to the diet.
Fiber is present in all fresh, raw vegetables. Cooking softens the fiber
and renders it ineffective. Dietary fiber in food is indigestible. But
when present in the intestinal tract, it supports a multiplying
population of intestinal bacteria, and this
can be an aid in both digestion and elimination. The detoxifying powers
of fiber were demonstrated in a study where rats were fed poison, and
simultaneously put on a high fiber diet. These rats survived without
harm, while other animals fed the same poison, but without the fiber,
became ill and died.
Many alternative health
practitioners have begun to recommend adding whole psyllium husks to the
diet. Even traditional physicians generally recommend Metamucil, which
is psyllium with added sugar. However, there are several problems with
psyllium. First, these husks can be irritating to the intestines.
Additionally, psyllium acts like a magnet as it winds its way down the
intestinal tract, pulling particles toward it. The problem here is that
nutrient material as well as toxic material is pulled out. Finally,
there is a delicate layer of mucus membranes and villi in the small
intestine. These villi are important in the absorption of nutrients. The
psyllium husks can scrape against these finger-like
villi and damage them, thus interfering with the absorption of
Bran is also frequently recommended as a way of
increasing fiber in one's diet. Bran is even more irritating to the
intestines than psyllium. Bran is a part of the wheat grain; it is a
partial food rather than a whole food and thus can create a nutritional
imbalance. Further, bran acts as an irritant to the lining of the
digestive tract. The intestine, in order to rid itself of this irritant,
attempts to rush the process of moving waste material through.
Decreased nutrient absorption results because of the rapid transit
through the tract. Further, constant use of bran can cause a chronic
condition of intestinal lining irritation.
Cleaning out the colon
through the use of water injected directly into the colon most closely
replicates the basti method. The water shooting through the alimentary
canal acts as a gentle stimulus to dislodge old, encrusted fecal
material. Water cleansing methods include colonics, enemas and colemas.
colonic is an intensive cleansing of the entire colon tract. Many
people have an aversion to seeing or working with their fecal material
other than at the bottom of a toilet. Colonics are sterile, painless and
create an extremely thorough cleansing. This has recently become a
popular method of colon cleansing. Enemas are effective in reaching the
low part of the colon, but have the disadvantage of not reaching the
entire organ. Adding ingredients to the water in an enema can, however,
greatly enhance its detoxifying power. Coffee enemas stimulate the
liver; flaxseed tea enemas relieve the colon of inflammation; bentonite,
or clay water, greatly increases the absorption of toxins from the
The colema board
was developed more than forty years ago by V.E. Irons. It is a home
unit that combines the ease of the enema with the thoroughness of the
colonic. It most closely approximates basti in that it is gentle,
following the body's own natural rhythm for retention and expulsion of
water. The water enters the intestinal tract, and it is the colon's own
spontaneous contractions that pushes water out. Thus, the colema works
like an exercise program. The water trains the colon to begin to correct
its atrophied condition. Because the muscles in the colon are
stimulated, the colon sends messages to the rest of the body to release
stored toxins and to bring them down through the normal eliminative
channels. Pockets of putrefied material embedded within the colon walls
can be dislodged through the colema. The colema board has the advantage
of being able to do it yourself at home, making it economical and
convenient, as well as effective.[The Colema Board developed by VE Irons is available at Natural Healing Tools, along with VE Irons supplements under the label Springreen.]
Remember that colon cleansing is a process that occurs only over time. It's taken you a lifetime of bad eating habits
to clog up your colon and it often takes many years of good colon
cleansing habits to unclog your colon. Be patient with your body.
Goldberg Ph.D is the founder of La Casa Day Spa in New York City, which
recently celebrated it's 18th anniversary, making it the oldest spa in
New York City.
About the author:
G. Goldberg, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and author of 7 books, including
the acclaimed, The Dark Side of Love. As well, she is the owner of La
Casa Day Spa in NYC , now celebrating its 18th year anniversary. In her
specialization of working with cancer patients, Dr. Goldberg has
integrated her psychoanalytic work with the field of holistic health.
She has worked with many cancer patients who, through commitment to
sound principles of health as well as an interest in the exploration of
their mental, emotional and psychic states, have defied the statistical
odds and consider themselves "cured."
Dr. Goldberg is
also the Founder and Director of Brainercize, a system of interactive
integrative brain exercise classes designed to maximize brain